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Title: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 06, 2011, 08:31:46 PM
Welcome Macclenny Elementary School, 2nd grade students!

We are very happy that you will have your own class thread here on the Our Nature Zone forum. 

You are welcome to ask questions about the Hornby eagle family and what is happening on their nest. 

We have several people who will answer questions you post here and we hope you’ll enjoy asking them! 

Please choose a ‘user’ name, so we can answer you as individuals.  And...have fun!

Sincerely,

Your Hornby Eagle friends
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Mary Jane on May 07, 2011, 11:15:35 AM
We are all so thrilled to have you join with us in watching the Hornby Eagles.  Welcome Macclenny's 2nd grade class.

Please feel free to post your comments, questions and projects.  We all love the eagles so much and hope that together we can all learn more.

Mary Jane,
Project Manager for the Hornby Eagles Group
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 13, 2011, 02:07:46 PM
Hornby Eagles

They eat.

They fly.
They feed.
They fight.
They dance.
They swoop.
They poop.

They have talons.
They have wings.
They have feathers.
They have beaks.

And they live in a very tall tree.


~~ by JWHart,  May 2011
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: dizzymom70 on May 13, 2011, 02:10:45 PM
Wonderful work, JW :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: jeavverhey on May 13, 2011, 02:15:55 PM
What an awesome poem JW - I enjoyed that (Verhey) much
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 13, 2011, 02:24:53 PM
Very nice poem, JW Hart!  You've watched the eagles carefully.  Thank you for sharing it with us.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Mary Jane on May 13, 2011, 02:42:47 PM
JW Hart, that is a great poem.  You are learning so much about the eagles and all their activities :-)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 12:40:17 AM
Welcome to all of you.  I hope you will all enjoy watching and learning about the eagles.  JW, you have the eagle's actions down pat  :thumbup:  They are so beautiful to watch, and as the eaglets grow there will be more actions.  :nod2
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Blue on May 14, 2011, 10:00:31 AM
A big welcome to the students of Macclenny Elementary School.

A video has been posted for you to watch. 

 DAD FEEDS THE EAGLETS on May 13, 2011  click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=801.msg55243#msg55243)

This is a video of Dad Hornby feeding David and Alexandra. He carefully tears the meat into small pieces for them but you will see in this video that David got a long stringy piece and had a hard time getting rid of it.  :ecsmile Dad also picks up the pieces that they drop.

Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 16, 2011, 11:32:53 AM
Ty would like to know...

How long can eagles fly?

(Not how high, but for how long before they need to take a break?)

Thanks!!!!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on May 16, 2011, 12:13:37 PM
Hi Ty. That is a very good question!

When eagles are flying to the salmon runs in late summer and autumn they hurry (mmmm, salmon!). They can fly as many as 180 kilometres in around 7 hours with barely a stop! 

:investigate2  One kilometre = approximately 0.62 mile. Can you tell me how many miles an eagle can fly when it is in a hurry to catch some salmon?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hecXupPpE9o
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 16, 2011, 09:40:20 PM
Mom Hornby noticed a stick that was too close to one of the eaglets today (May 15), and might have caused an injury, so she walked over and moved the stick out of the way, just as our Mom or Dad might have done to protect us.   :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 17, 2011, 08:45:46 AM
My class has written some expository pieces on Eagles.   We would like to share some of them with you!  (I thought I would post a few a day)

                                    Hornby Eagles
                                      by Hala

     The Hornby eagles are in the group of birds and raptors.
     The Hornby eagles like to fish.  The eagles switch taking care of the babies.  The babies like to chirp. 
     Grown eagles have white heads.  The baby eaglets look like they have a blindfold on.
     Eagles come from eggs.
     The eagles have talons on their feet to help them catch fish. 
     The eagles that we watch live in Canada.  The eagles live on Hornby Island.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 17, 2011, 08:50:27 AM
                 The Eagles
                  by Colten

The eagles are the national bird and a type of raptor.
     They take care of their babies.  Eagles like to fly.  Dad eagle likes to bring sticks or fish to the nest.  The babies like to fight.  And mom likes to hit the dad with sticks.  They eat like 6 or 7 times a day. 
     Mom has a wicked hairdo. Dad has a smooth head and the babies have plain gray bodies.  The mom and dad both have black and white feathers.
     Eagles hatch from eggs.  An eagle's feet are called talons. They have 3 or 4 foot wings. They live all over North America.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: emc on May 17, 2011, 09:44:13 AM
Wondeful. Thank you for sharing your work. Good job Hala and Colten, you both are using your power of observation well . :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 17, 2011, 09:54:03 AM
David would like to know....

How long can an eagle glide without flapping its wings?

Thank you! :eceek
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: dizzymom70 on May 17, 2011, 10:23:24 AM
Hala and Colten--Very good job! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 17, 2011, 01:59:11 PM
AJL,
     We think that 180km  is roughly 112 miles.  So they can travel 112 miles in 7 hours with barely a stop? That is amazing!

~~Wildkitten's class
 
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 17, 2011, 04:17:17 PM
Hala and Colten, I enjoyed reading your observations about eagles. It's very nice to know that you are watching and learning about them with us!   :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on May 18, 2011, 01:50:33 PM
Quote
David would like to know....
How long can an eagle glide without flapping its wings?

Hi David! The eagle can glide for a long time if conditions are right.
Here is a short video that shows an eagle soaring. How many flaps can you count, in how many minutes?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hHeiwPYjmU

Eagles also glide down, but that takes a few more flaps. You can see a few eagles in this video who are gliding down to land or to catch a fish.
(And you can see a fledgling eaglet flap flapping behind its parent too)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si7qikuqnt8&feature=related

Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 18, 2011, 02:01:56 PM
    The eagles of Hornby Island are birds and raptors.
     They hunt fish.  They like to leave their nest in September and October ad fly away.  The baby eagles like to wrestle.  The parents feed the babies.  Alexandra likes to push David's head down so she can get all the food!  
     It looks like their beak is a talon.  They have talons to catch fish.  An aldult eagle's feathers are white and black.  They have wings to fly.  They have a brood patch.  The eagles have a crop to store food.
     Eagles come from an egg.  The eagle's egg is about 4 inches tall.  In the egg, there is a drop of blood.  It turns into the baby.
     Bald eagles only live in North America.  They live near oceans.

~~ by "Mikey"
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: emc on May 18, 2011, 02:47:59 PM
Mikey, well done.!  Their beaks do look sharp don't they. And then we see the parents gently place the small bits of food near the eaglets mouth, with that same big sharp beak. Amazing!
 :biggrin6
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 18, 2011, 03:40:08 PM
Hi Mikey,

You are seeing and learning so many things about eagles and what they do.  Thank you for telling us about them! It's fun to watch the eagles, isn't it?!  Did you see the parents bring fish to the nest for the eaglets to eat?     :ecsmile

Tigerlady105
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: passerine on May 19, 2011, 09:48:46 AM
Picture of crop Rm201 compliments of Blackster. :ecsmile

Here is a picture of the crop on Alexandra Hornby

(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd426/JudyMortvedtBlack/Hornby%20Eagle%20hatching%202011/2011-05-13_160405.png)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 24, 2011, 03:40:26 PM

The eagles are a type of bird.
The eagles take care of their baby eagles.
Eagles have talons and a beak.  His head is white, his tail feathers are white too.  In the middle of their backs they are both black.  Their feet are yellow.
An eagle comes from an egg.   The egg is as big as a baseball.  An eagle comes from the egg yolk.
Eagles have bones in their wings.  They have bones in their feet.  An eagle has a heart.
These eagles live in a tree in Canada.

~~Clayton
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 24, 2011, 03:43:26 PM


Hornby eagles are raptors.  Eagles can fly and fish.  The biggest eagle gets the most food.  Mom and Dad switch places and call to each other.  Dad brings back fish.  And they wrestle.  Alexandra pushes her brother's head down so she gets more food.  Bald eagles are white and brown.  Eagles have big yellow beaks.

~~  Caleb

Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 24, 2011, 11:15:55 PM
Clayton and Caleb, thank you for your very nice stories about the Hornby eagles!  You are seeing and learning interesting things about them as you watch them on their nest.

Alexandra and David are growing fast, aren't they?!

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: emc on May 26, 2011, 10:14:25 AM
Well done Clayton and Caleb!  :thumbup:  Thank you for showing us your poems.  :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: dizzymom70 on May 26, 2011, 11:25:48 AM
Boy, these are some smart cookies, this 2nd grade class! Well done Clayton and Caleb! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 27, 2011, 10:37:32 AM
We are back with some questions.....

Abby wants to know how much food an eaglet can eat in one day? 

She also wanted to know - if an eagle loses its talon, like in a fight, or when catching a fish, will it grow back like our fingernails do?  and if so, how long would that take?  thanks!

Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on May 27, 2011, 03:30:11 PM
Hi Abby!  The amount of food an eaglet can eat in a day depends on how old and how large (developed) the eaglet is.
For example, an eaglet that weighs 1500 grams can eat (and needs to eat) twice as much food as an eaglet that weighs 600 grams.

You knew there would be a math question, didn't you?  :eclol
:question How many pounds is the eaglet who needs to each twice as much?  

Imagine that our 1500 gram eaglet needs to eat 300 grams of whole herring (yes, even the skin and bones!) one day.
(http://skazka.co.nz/product_images/670105_2010-06-07_7352.jpg)

A small plump herring, like Mom and Dad often bring to the nest, might be around 23 centimeters long and weigh 100 grams.
 :puzzled2 How many herrings would our eaglet need to eat, if he needs to eat 300grams that day?

If an eagle loses its whole talon, it will not grow back.  :ecsad
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on June 01, 2011, 08:55:45 PM
ajl, we think three herrings ....


Wildkitten has a question:  Are the eaglets doing a normal amount of sleeping, or should they be more active at this point?      I know that they have been getting much less than three herrings a day, and am wondering if what I see is normal for growth or if they are perhaps, conserving energy? 
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on June 04, 2011, 04:27:35 PM
We have just started to write narratives - stories, rather than informative pieces.  We use a format which must include a beginning, with characters, a setting, and a problem, then a middle with two attempts to solve the problem, and then an ending where the problem is solved.  We try to use conversation, as well.      We would like to share a few.



Too Much Noise!
by Chandler   (ckmart on chat)

     One day on Hornby Island, Mom and Dad were in the nest with the baboes.  suddenly, the starlings were making too much noise.  "This is not good," said Dad. 
     First, Dad threw a stick down, but it missed the starling nest!  "Darn it" said Alexandra.  Darn" said Dad.
     Next, the babies tried to scream at the starlings, but they were not loud enough.
     Last, Dad screamed at the starlings, and they did not make anymore noise.  "Finally, they stopped, now we can rest in peace." said Mom.



The Starlings Save The Day
by Mikell      (Mikey on chat)
     
     Me and David sat in the nest without any food for days.
     Dad went to the ocean to catch a fish.  He came back later without any food.  "What's happening Daddy?  I said.  "I didn't catch anything," he said.
     Mom flew to the river and she looked around and saw an alligator.  She flew away.  A few minutes later she arrived at the nest.  "An alligator was there."  "OMG" said David."No food".
     Just then, the starlings flew over and dropped a fish in the nest.  "God does love us...food!" 




Alzheimer's Eagle.....
by Josh
     
     Ever since Dad got old he has really lost his mind.  He had a little Alzheimers that made him lose some things.  It wasn't a big deal, but it was a little difficult on some days.  But today, he forgot how to fly while he was trying to find food for me in the pond.  (Not for alexandra, only for ME!)
     Mom tried to pick Dad up, but he is too heavy.  "Ah! What are we gonna do now?" Alexandra said. 
     "Oh, I know!  Now I can try to fly to him."  But Alexandra can't fly yet.
     Finally, Mom went down and taught Dad how to fly again.  He flew back safely to the nest and now we have our family back.  "Yeah", Alexandra and I shouted.  We lived happily ever after.





thanks for reading our stories!




Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: dizzymom70 on June 04, 2011, 04:50:56 PM
These stories are precious! I hope Dad really does not get Alzheimers, though. Mom will be busy with David and Alexandra, and might not have time to teach Dad how to fly again for a while :ecwink
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: BBE on June 04, 2011, 05:08:11 PM
I loved how you used your imaginations to come up with the stories above. It is wonderful that you are able to join us in watching and learning about the bald eagles.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: emc on June 04, 2011, 05:32:45 PM
 :wub. How fun, I loved your stories.  :eclove

Was this done just before lunch?  The kids and eaglets are hungry. :mhihi

Beth
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: birdvoyer on June 04, 2011, 07:40:16 PM
 :clap Wonderful stories! Thank you for letting us read your stories.

I sure hope Dad doesn't forget how to fly.  :eceek  That would be a terrible thing.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 05, 2011, 02:28:29 AM
What wonderful stories, Chandler,  Mikell and Josh!  Thank you for writing your interesting ideas about what the Hornby eagles might say and do.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on June 06, 2011, 03:54:28 PM
http://photobucket.com/nestdrawings




let's see if this worked....first try!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Blue on June 06, 2011, 04:26:38 PM
Thank you so much for letting us see your beautiful drawings! You sure do know the Hornby nest with the cameras and tree trunk in your drawings.

Very good!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: dizzymom70 on June 06, 2011, 04:41:21 PM
Oh my gosh, Wild---these drawings are Terrific!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 07, 2011, 12:09:31 AM
Wonderful drawings, 2nd Grade little scientists!  You have been watching the eagles carefully and your pictures are so well done!   :thumbup:

Have a very nice summer vacation!   :heart
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 08, 2011, 07:07:10 PM
Notice to all students and parents from the Our Nature Zone forum team:

We encourage parents to register on the forum, using their own screen names so they can post their child's questions on the class thread during summer vacation, and put the student's initials with the question.

Our Nature Zone Forum link:

To register:

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php  

Your class link:

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=793.0

Please feel free to contact me or the other HEGPS members if you have questions.

We've enjoyed having you be a part of our Hornby Eagles family.   :thumbup:

Have fun watching the eagles and have a wonderful summer vacation!   :heart

Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on March 05, 2012, 12:13:35 PM
Welcome to the new year!  This year, we are observing the Decorah eagles in Decorah , Iowa.  We are having fun learrning about this pair of bald eagles!

Today Sparky sent us a video of the eagle's eyes.  We watched the video, talked about what we saw, and looked for some answers on the Internet.  Then we wrote about our learning.  This is what we learned today.

                                                                                                               Eagle Eyes

     Eagles' eyes are different than human eyes.  Eagles can look forwards and sideways at the same time.  They can see hundreds of feet down into water and see the fish!  Eagles have three eyelids.  The bottom is bigger than the top, so eagles blink UP instead of DOWN.  The third eyelid closes sideways.  It is called the Nictitating membrane.  It protects the eye, and the eagle can see through it.   
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: emc on March 05, 2012, 12:19:45 PM
Welcom class! You taught me some things about their eyes that I didn't know. Great observers you are!  : :ecsmile
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: dizzymom70 on March 05, 2012, 12:57:57 PM
Welcome back class! Wild-I'm so glad the kids are able to continue learning about the eagles. Now we can all learn, side by side. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 05, 2012, 04:20:36 PM
What wonderful news to see you back, Macclenny Elementary School - 2nd grade!  We hope you enjoy the eagles and other wildlife here with us. We are learning many new things and it will be fun to have you find out about them, too.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 27, 2012, 08:18:02 PM
What a great day for your class.  So glad you were able to see nature up close.   It is so exciting to see and we have to more to watch.  It will be fun to watch them grow up.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 27, 2012, 08:31:37 PM
It was wonderful to have all of you with us, watching the eagle chick hatch today!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Blue on March 28, 2012, 09:19:26 AM
Note: Decorah chick hatched (first of three eggs)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 11, 2012, 10:33:11 AM
The eaglets have grown so much while we were on Spring Break.  Their  fatter,  their necks are longer, and they are walking around the nest.  They are bopping each other and we like to see the poop shots!   We have noticed that the feathers are getting darker, and their feet are turning yellow.  Today we saw their little black toenails!   

Myarion  wants to know...  "Do the eagles drink water?"    :puzzled2
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: fol-di-rol on April 11, 2012, 10:49:54 AM
All the moisture/water for the eaglets is contained in their food.  The parents don't have a bucket to bring water to the nest  :mhihi
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 12, 2012, 08:21:40 AM
   
               AROUND THE WORLD WITH SPARKY!

     The class was surprised to find Sparky gone one day when we checked the chat.... I explained that she had gone on vacation, and of course, we had to bring out the globe so we could find all the interesting  places she was going to!  Some of the children have spent some time researching these islands of adventure..... here is what we learned.  (drawings coming soon)    We hope you enjoy Sparky's trip through our eyes!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 12, 2012, 09:14:20 AM
We're looking forward to seeing your pictures, 2nd Grade Young Scientists!   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 12, 2012, 10:19:02 AM
                                                                          HULA IN HAWAII                                                    


On Sparky's vacation she is going to Hawaii. In Hawaii she might see a volcano erupt. She might eat some coconuts with milk inside. She might see a tiki statue. She can dance in a luau. She can surf too. :thumbup:

~Kelsey123456789
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 12, 2012, 10:51:55 AM
                                                    Sparky's Big Adventure                  


     At the end of her trip, Sparky is going back to Ontario, Canada.  Sparky will see a flying squirrel.  Sparky might eat wasa with cottage cheese,strawberries and blood oranges. Sparky will feel so much better when she gets home!  She can sleep in her own bed again!!!    :nod2      


~~Abby                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 12, 2012, 10:53:20 AM


                   Sparky's  Adventures
     Sparky is on an exciting vacation. One place she will visit is Australia.  Australia is at the bottom of the earth.  Here in Florida it is spring, and in  Australia it is fall. It is starting to get cold there.  While she is in Australia, Sparky might see kangaroos. I hope she a great  time.

~Tanner    :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 12, 2012, 11:06:15 AM
 New Zealand

     Sparky is going to New Zealand.  New Zealand is under the equator near Australia.  Sparky will see sheep and kiwi birds while she is there.   In New Zealand Sparky will eat food  like cheese, fruit, lamb, and fresh fish.  Sparky might  go under a waterfall and swim under the waterfall. After that she will go back to her hotel and go to bed.  New Zealand sounds like a fun place to go!! :nod2

~Raeleigh   (aka LingLing)   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Special Videos for Students
Post by: dusk44 on April 12, 2012, 08:02:30 PM
 :ecwink
HI kids!

I love your posts about the countries Sparky is visiting around the world. Sparky will be thrilled to see you so interested i bet!

The eaglettes are really growing! Glad we can all watch them together.

Cya
Dusk
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 12, 2012, 09:02:31 PM
Hi Class, 

Sparky is sure having a great time on her adventure.   I can't wait to see the pictures.   It sure is interesting watching these eaglets grow.   It sure is fun learning about our national bird.

Keep up the great work!

gmadeb
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on April 13, 2012, 12:55:14 AM
G'day Little Scientists!
(http://www.australab.com/images/kangaroo_waving_no-words.gif)

(http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/forwild/SparkysHoliday.jpg)




LittleScientists©AJL
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: SHBotsis on April 13, 2012, 01:30:15 PM
Hello to all of you at MacClenny Elementary School. Thanks for sharing your "Learning Journey" with all of us! I have enjoyed your posts very much! Thank you. Keep up the good wrok!!!
Helen aka CVGal
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: paintnut on April 13, 2012, 06:20:12 PM
Thank you for your stories and I can see Sparky dancing the hula at a luau.   I am looking forward to seeing your drawings.   
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on April 13, 2012, 07:10:49 PM
(http://www.myemoticons.com/images/super-smileys/jumbo/teddy/hula.gif) Aloha LittleScientists!


(http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/forwild/Sparkycrossword-1.jpg)


LittleScientists©AJL
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Rajame on April 13, 2012, 08:25:41 PM
Hello MacClenny Elementary School,

Thank you for your reports. You seemed to learn quite a lot about the locations of Sparky's trip. I am sure she will love the research and your well-thought-through messages.

 :ecsmile Rajame
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on April 16, 2012, 12:00:04 PM
LittleScientists!   :eceek
Sparky had a strange dream about Hawaii.
What's wrong with this picture? 
  :puzzled2


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LittleScientists©AJL
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 18, 2012, 08:03:45 AM


                              SPARKY'S TRIP TO SAMOA


Sparky is on a exciting trip. She is going to Samoa. She might see a lot of fish. Sparky will probably be on the beach a lot. She might eat some bananas,coconuts,yams,and lobster. She is going to have a lot of fun in Samoa :biggrin3
     
                               By Emily (aka workerbee111)

Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 18, 2012, 08:11:18 AM


      

                                               SPARKY'S TRIP TO NEW CALEDONIA

Sparky is on an exciting vacation.One place she is visiting is New Caledonia. She will see the flag it will be so much fun. She might be cold in these months of the year; June, July, and August but sparky will be hot in       November,December,January.                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                             Maria (aka ladybug02)  :thumbup:



      
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Rajame on April 18, 2012, 10:06:05 AM
Dear Macclenny Elementary School's 2nd Grade Class,

I am impressed with your research on Sparky's trip locations.

Thank you for sharing with us,
Rajame
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 18, 2012, 10:00:10 PM


Thank you little scientists!!  It is wonderful to read you thoughts about Sparky's trip!!  I hope she is having a lot of fun, and that you are having fun traveling with her with your stories!

Mishikeenhquay
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 19, 2012, 10:16:22 PM
Hello Little Scientists!  We're enjoying your stories about Sparky's trip.

On Friday, we'll get to see some new views and learn more about bald eagles when the new Hornby eagles cam is turned on!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 26, 2012, 08:43:41 AM
April 24, DECORAH

The baby eagles are doing poop shots out of the nest.  They put their head down and the butt up and poop.  :eclol   Today I saw eagle's poop on the tree.  Today the mom is feeding the baby eagles.  The eaglets are getting bigger.  Their claws are getting sharp and black.  One of the eagles is sleep dreaming.  The eagles are cold and they are too big to go under Mom.  The eagles are big and they have big wings.  Their talons are huge.  Their beaks are big too. They are moving the grass and they can rock too.


~ from Shelby's Eagle Journal
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 26, 2012, 01:26:35 PM
Very good observations, Shelby!  You really are noticing important details.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 09, 2012, 06:44:25 AM


                              SPARKY'S TRIP TO SAMOA


Sparky is on a exciting trip. She is going to Samoa. She might see a lot of fish. Sparky will probably be on the beach a lot. She might eat some bananas,coconuts,yams,and lobster. She is going to have a lot of fun in Samoa :biggrin3
     
                               By Emily (aka workerbee111)


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Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 09, 2012, 06:49:13 AM


                   Sparky's  Adventures
     Sparky is on an exciting vacation. One place she will visit is Australia.  Australia is at the bottom of the earth.  Here in Florida it is spring, and in  Australia it is fall. It is starting to get cold there.  While she is in Australia, Sparky might see kangaroos. I hope she a great  time.

~Tanner    :thumbup:
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                                                                          HULA IN HAWAII                                                     


On Sparky's vacation she is going to Hawaii. In Hawaii she might see a volcano erupt. She might eat some coconuts with milk inside. She might see a tiki statue. She can dance in a luau. She can surf too. :thumbup:

~Kelsey123456789

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Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 09, 2012, 07:11:45 AM
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Illustration by Blayne
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: sparkie on May 09, 2012, 08:04:32 AM
Hi all,
Thank you all for your wonderful Drawings .I have enjoyed very much looking at them.
 Blayne ,
That is a Great drawing of the cruise ship. When I have my pictures all sorted I will show you a picture of it and you can see how close your drawing is to it .
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7229/7172951834_09cd91e4ae_m.jpg)

Tanner,
 I did indeed see Kangaroos in Australia and I also saw Koala bears High up in a tree. Your picture of  the Kangaroo is very good .


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Kelsey,
 I saw volcanoes in Hawaii but i am glad to say none of them erupted while I was there .I Saw lots of Tiki statues and beautiful beaches with white sand .I also tried to drink milk from a coconut. It was very good but did not look like  milk we get here . It was a very clear liquid .

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Emily,
        Your picture is very good .I did see lots of fish and coral  in Samoa . I had a wonderful time on  the beach.

I also saw some school children coming from school.
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Raeleigh,
What you found out about New Zealand is very true .We saw lots of sheep there.  We did not see one Kiwi though . Somebody told us they are very shy and hard to find .

.
  I did have a wonderful time . Thank you all  for thinking of me on my journey .In the coming weeks I will show you my pictures of the places we visited.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: sparkie on May 13, 2012, 10:54:52 AM
Th pictures below are pictures of a volcanic Island in the South Pacific Ocean in the Bay of Plenty called Whakaari Island . That means White Island . I thought it was pretty neat . Our ship sailed around this island

http://www.flickr.com/photos/78476708@N06/7189789310/in/photostream/lightbox/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/78476708@N06/7189789310/in/photostream/lightbox/)
   
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 18, 2012, 07:42:56 PM
(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/classroom%20eagle%20area/104_5953.jpg)      This is the "Eagle Area" in our classroom, where all thing eagle are...  our US map with the chatters we frequently see, our eagle books, the nest with the three eggs (wiffle balls are about the same size), scaps of the eggs at various stages of hatch, and all my eagle items ...just thought somebody might want to see ....  :faint :investigate2
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 18, 2012, 07:46:24 PM
(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/classroom%20eagle%20area/104_5952.jpg)   this shot has the whole area, including the big eagle kite
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Cawatcher on May 18, 2012, 08:10:17 PM
Wildwoman Thank you for sharing your classroom This is fantastic!!
Sparkie Thank you for sharing some of your adventures!! active volcano wow and YIKES!!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 18, 2012, 08:53:58 PM
So, the kids wanted to know about poop...(what else is new?) and AJL had given some good information about the eagle's vent - how the urine and the fecal matter mix together and are 'projected' from one opening - the vent....  so i did a quick drawing on the board to demonstrate  (not the best drawing, but i didn't know I'd be posting it LOL)  (http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/classroom%20eagle%20area/104_5964.jpg)      Then Blayne said I should make the bird stand on a branch and bend over, because "that's the way they do it" (http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/classroom%20eagle%20area/poop2.jpg)  The stuff we learn!!!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 18, 2012, 10:01:08 PM
WildKitten, your classroom looks so inviting.  :eclove    Good for Blayne!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 22, 2012, 03:32:10 PM
 Today we wrote acrostic poems about eagles.  Here are a few of them.


Enormous wings
Action
Exciting to watch
Gnaws on food
Lays eggs
Eats rabbits, fish, and squirrel
` ~ by Jase



Eat
Aeries
Guards
Lays
Eggs
   ~ by Tyler




Enormous wings
And soar
Grassy playlens
Lays eggs
Eats fish
Spread my wings
   ~ by Timmy
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 22, 2012, 03:38:38 PM
Wonderful acrostic poems about eagles, Jase, Tyler and Timmy.  It looks as if you are learning a lot about these beautiful birds!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: basenjimom on May 23, 2012, 02:51:12 PM
Love the poem additions.  You kids are VERY talented!!   :heart

Thank you Kitty, keep them coming.  I love the classroom updates  :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 24, 2012, 07:26:25 AM
I wrote and gave a test today on a reading selection about an eagle that had a broken wing. 

Question #11 was for extra credit:   Based on your schema (what you know in your head) what would you call the eagle in the selection? a. an eaglet   b  an adult   c. a bobblehead   d. a fledgling.        WHY?  Explain your thinking. 

MARIA:  An adult.  because I see a white head.  and I don't see no pinfeathers.  Eaglets have pinfeathers .....   

TANNER:  I think this eagle is an adult because eagles don't get their white head until they are 5 and over.

SHAILEE:  It's an adult.  Baby eagles are called eaglets. This says eagle.   (I loved this logic)

EMILY:  The reason I know it's an adult is because it has a white head.

RAELEIGH:  I think it is an adult eagle because it has a white head and because it knows how to fly. 


I bet they all would have answered the Jeopardy question right the other night, too!   :abra
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Cawatcher on May 24, 2012, 07:35:03 AM
 :thumbup: wow Wildwoman!! that is fantastic!! so proud of your class!!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: idahowa on May 24, 2012, 07:54:48 AM
That's awesome.  They're all good answers.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 24, 2012, 07:28:51 PM
Bravo for the kidlets' answers on the test, WilldK, and for you as their teacher!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Rajame on May 24, 2012, 10:31:49 PM
Thank you Wild! That was great. I wondered how many eagleholics saw and answered the question on the eagles in Decorah. I love the logic too. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on June 03, 2012, 01:52:42 PM
Eagles     by Cameron

An eagle's wings are eight feet long.  There are 59 kinds.  Every kind of eagle has the same parts.  Eagles can be fierce hunters.  Eagles nests are called aeries.  Eagle nests can be on a mountaintop.  Every spring lots of eagles return to the same nests. There are snake eagles.  Snake eagles have big heads.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on June 03, 2012, 01:58:07 PM
Journal notes by Emily -  (workerbee111)

Today on Decorah dad brought in a raccoon and Ajlt snatched the raccoon away and then dad flew off.  Then he came back and snatched it away from the eaglets and showed them how to tear it open.

I did not know that Decorah is a famous cam.

One of the eaglets backed up to the edge of the nest and did a white stringy poop shot.

Some other birds of prey I did not know of before are hawks, vultures, falcons, osprey, kites, and owls.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on June 03, 2012, 02:01:15 PM
Notes from Kelsey's journal   (aka KELSEY 123456789) after reading .

Birds of Prey
Author:  Marilyn Wooley and Keith Pigdon
Genre: non fiction

I knew out of this text eagles catch their prey by swooping down and grabbing it with their talons.  I also knew they eat mainly fish.  They use their hooked beaks and talons to gather and tear their fool.

I knew it was against the law to cut down trees with an eagles nest in ti and I knew the bald eagle was the national bird.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 03, 2012, 04:45:44 PM
Wonderful information, Cameron, Emily and Kelsey!   We're very happy to see how much you are learning about eagles.   :thumbup:
Title: : Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on March 22, 2013, 06:00:31 AM
  Hello from Florida!!!  It's been awhile since we have posted, but we are always lurking in the background....  we are loving the territory cam, and we are watching for signs of eggs!!!! 

So one of the children came in this morning with a tidbit of information she learned on a web site.  We would like to know if it is true or not... you can't always believe what you see on the Internest... (although I am excited to see a motivated student who looks for herself!)

The site claimed  when a bald eagle loses a feather on one wing, it will drop a matching feather from the other side to maintain its balance..  Is this true?

Can the experts help us out???   Thanks!!

~Wildkitten :group
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: MaggiesMom on March 22, 2013, 06:18:42 AM
What a great question, Wild!  I wish I knew the answer - maybe AJL or someone who knows much more than me will tell us all!
Title: Re: : Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: NancyM on March 24, 2013, 10:19:26 PM
 The site claimed  when a bald eagle loses a feather on one wing, it will drop a matching feather from the other side to maintain its balance..  Is this true?

Sorry to take so long to reply!  I did not think this was correct, so I asked AJL ... and she said no, this is not correct.  

The  Journey North website has some good information, and on that website, Peter Nye responded to a question about molting in Bald Eagles:

Source: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/eagle/ExpertAnswer09.html (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/eagle/ExpertAnswer09.html)
Quote
Once they achieve their final “adult” plumage, it is likely that bald eagles molt their flight feathers just about every year, primarily in New York from summer through fall. However, some evidence of “molting” can be seen at almost any time of the year.
This flight feather molt is not simultaneous; rather, matched flight feathers are generally lost at separate times, so the birds are never left flightless.


This picture is an example from that website:

Source: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/eagle/sl/2/A.html (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/eagle/sl/2/A.html)
(http://www.learner.org/jnorth/images/graphics/d-e/eagle_HFeiro_10wing.jpg)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 12, 2013, 06:08:46 AM
Nancy,

(... and you see how long it took for me to remember we had asked  a question!   LOL  Spring Break got in our way)

Thanks so much for the info on the feathers and the photo to support it!  We apprciate the new site to look at as well! 

We have just started our formal "eagle teaching".  I made up some notebooks with maps of the MN Bound nest, as that will be our primary focus this year I guess as we are waiting for pips.  We have pages for observations on both nests, and I have the videos Sparky did last year on the eye and the tongue....some fun pages....  some conservation and rehab info...  etc etc etc. All year long, I scrounge for writings on eagles I can turn into reading passages and tests.   We love checking in on the territory cam before we go look at MN, but the kids need eaglets up close and personal to develop a love...    we will be posting our questions and writings here if that's still ok....  HEGPS is Home to me, and you people rock!  :-)
 ~~~  Wildkitten
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: NancyM on April 17, 2013, 11:44:37 PM
Sounds to me like you have a great plan in place for your kids to learn about eagles - and did I hear that you are incorporating poetry? :eclove

We all hope that you will share with us whatever the class comes up with this year.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 18, 2013, 06:26:18 AM
trying to remember how to post here....   this is a picture of our eagle notebooks...Nick drew a picture of the intruder chase on the nest April 15.  Thanks Cali and Paint for the videos!!      (http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/nick_zps3cce85bf.jpg) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/wildkitten1/media/nick_zps3cce85bf.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 18, 2013, 04:11:16 PM

(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/Aiden_zpsbee834e4.jpg) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/wildkitten1/media/Aiden_zpsbee834e4.jpg.html)    

I just love the talons in Aiden's picture!


Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 18, 2013, 04:14:36 PM
(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/Bobbleheadpoem_zps5255d240.jpg) (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/wildkitten1/media/Bobbleheadpoem_zps5255d240.jpg.html)    

This is Floodwater's poem entitled "Bobbleheads".  I did not give the title to the kids before we analyzed it together.  Thank Goodness Aiden figured out it was about eagles watching over the baby Harmony - then it began to click!  Just thought I'd share a different aspect of our learning.... we get so much from the nest and the chatters than just eagles.  Thanks Flood, for letting us use your beautiful words. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: fol-di-rol on April 18, 2013, 05:23:53 PM
(sigh) WildKitten - that was just so beautiful!  Wish I had a teacher like you when I was at school.  What a great way to learn - so many aspects - eagles behaviour, life lessons, grammar, poetry, etc.

And thanks to Floodwater for the use of her poignant prose/poem.   :heart
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: dusk44 on April 18, 2013, 05:28:52 PM
Hi kids!

 I love bobbleheads too. The way you figured out what Flood's booblehead poem meant  brought a tear to my eye..Thankyou,

Dusk  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: boodle317 on April 18, 2013, 06:34:31 PM
Wild.....can HEGPS have your permission to post Aidens interpretation of talons UP on FB?
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 19, 2013, 06:44:53 AM
Boo, Aiden said that would be fine for HEGPS to post his talons.... .  The only thing that concerns me is that the kids really like seeing responses to their work....and I can't do facebook in the classroom.  Would you please post the link to this class page for comments?  Thanks!!  ~WK
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: nan2945 on April 19, 2013, 08:19:48 AM
I am so impressed and excited about your drawings and stories.  They are just wonderful as is your teacher.  Keep up the great work.

Nan
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: paintnut on April 19, 2013, 08:21:31 AM
Nick and Aiden I love your pictures - you caught the essence of the eagles beautifully.  And good work class on analyzing the poem.  You are lucky to have such a talented and creative teacher.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 19, 2013, 08:40:10 AM
Wonderful posts of kids work!  So cool how the kids learn so many different things by watching these eagles.  The eagles are a window on the world for them, and a path to all kinds of knowledge!  Learning how to learn is the most valuable lesson they are getting!  Congratulations to a wonderful teacher!!!! Yay, Wildkitten!!!!! :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: crazy lady 38 on April 19, 2013, 08:49:47 AM
Hi Wild's Students at Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd Grade

I am also a chatterer and watcher of the Hornby Eagles, and i just love your drawings of our special Eagle Family.  And loved your comments on Flood's Beautiful Poem.  You have such a wonderful teacher who is showing you all about life in the wild. 

Keep up your good work.! !  :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: jeavverhey on April 20, 2013, 06:33:31 AM
Congratulations to all of you in second grade.  I agree with the comments above.  You are talented, and fortunate to have such a teacher guiding your talents. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 20, 2013, 08:35:43 AM


Just love Love LOVE the artwork!!  Miigwetch for sharing it with us!!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 03, 2013, 10:42:27 AM
and Miigwetch Mishi for teaching us a new vocabulary word....  now the kids walk around sayin "Miigwetch" to each other.   everything is a learning experience here....~  WK
 :heart
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 22, 2013, 10:23:00 AM
We did some writing again....  I thought I would share Meadow's observtions from the other day

"Nictititating Membrane"

Raptors have a speshle eye lid that we don't.
They have this eye lid to keep the sand out.
An eagle can see through the nictitating membrane.
They blink up.  We blink down. 
A flying eagle can see through the nictitatiting membrane so it won't crash.
 Eagles have great vision.

The eaglets are  big and black.
Harmony is black and Peace is gray.  Mom/Dad is eating.
Peace and Harmony are laying down.  When an eaglet blinks you can see their nictitating membrane.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 22, 2013, 10:26:37 AM
Nick writes...

Peace and harmony got bigger.  It looks like the nest got smaller, but the babies are getting bigger.  Harmony is darker than Peace.  Peace looks like she has a black and gray coat on. 
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 24, 2013, 06:56:29 PM
Chi Miigwetch!!  (Big thanks)  and boozhoo to all of the class!  I love the stories and observations!!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on February 19, 2014, 11:14:46 AM
Hello, HEGPS!!!!!  We have been watching, but no longer have the capability to chat with you on the nest..  :-( 
Today, after we had a laugh over the "eagles barking", Cooper had a question.  Hopefully, someone will see this - it's been a long time since we have posted.....

Cooper has been reading about flamingos.  He noticed that the chicks have different eye color than the adult and asked why.  I had no answer, but made the connection between the eaglets' dark eyes and the yellow of of the adult eyes.  So now we both wonder why the eyes change color as the bird matures? 

Thanks for any help you can offer!
~~ Wildkitten
:group
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: paintnut on February 19, 2014, 12:53:55 PM
Wild here is a link from the san diego zoo about flamingos.  According to the write up from the zoo, the eyes change color from dark to pale yellow as they mature


http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/06/20/flamingo-egg-stravaganza/ (http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/06/20/flamingo-egg-stravaganza/)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: PamNY on February 19, 2014, 12:55:22 PM
Hi Wild. Here is some basic information about eye color changing as birds grow older.

http://www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Eye_Color.html (http://www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Eye_Color.html)

I can't tell you why it happens, though.

Cooper sounds like a very observant person.

It is nice to hear from you. I am sorry you can no longer chat. Hope you are enjoying the eagles and the wide area cam.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 26, 2014, 07:54:15 PM
Great to see you here, Wildkitten and class.  Hope you enjoy watching the eagles!   :eclove

Sorry you can't chat.  We'll check here for your posts!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on February 27, 2014, 07:21:50 AM
Thanks, Tigerlady!  :-)   

We have a question....  I didn't know the answer....   Chanel asked this morning "if someone went up into a nest and put an egg there, would the parents incubate it?"  We decided that even if it were legal, we would not really want an adult eagle watching us do this - those talons are sharp!!   .....  but then Coop asked if there were an ABANDONDED nest, no chance of any eagle using it, no eggs, no lets,....  would it still be illegal to go up into it to take a look around (since we know it is big enough)??  Any thoughts on this?? 

~Wild

P.S.  >>I have some deep thinkers/questioners this year ---  I spend a lot of time here on the   :couch2   (lol)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: paintnut on February 28, 2014, 05:49:00 PM
Goodness Wild - good luck with your little scientists.  I have no idea what the answer to the first question is.  As far climbing the nest tree, it seems to me it is ok as long as the eagles are outside of the nesting season.  Climbers go up to clean cams and replace and repair equipment in the off season and I don't believe permission is needed to do that or perhaps permission to do that is granted when the permits to cam the tree are approved.   Maybe someone else would have a more definitive answer.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: NancyM on February 28, 2014, 08:46:22 PM
Great questions, WK!  I can offer only a couple of thoughts in response.

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Chanel asked this morning "if someone went up into a nest and put an egg there, would the parents incubate it?"

They would most likely incubate that egg; in fact, they would incubate a fake egg!  In the Channel Islands in California, the Institute for Wildlife has been conducting a decades-long ongoing project to restore the eagle population. This page summarizes one of their projects: http://iws.org/species_bald_eagle_catalina.html (http://iws.org/species_bald_eagle_catalina.html)

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Since 1989, the reintroduced population has been maintained through manipulations of eggs and chicks at each nest site and through additional hacking of birds. Because of the high DDE concentrations in the eggs, this active program of manipulation and augmentation is the only way to maintain the Catalina Island bald eagle population at this time. In the egg manipulation process, structurally deficient eggs laid by the birds affected by DDE are replaced with artificial eggs, with biologists often using extreme measures (including helicopter lifts) to reach remote nest sites. The adult eagles continue to incubate the artificial eggs while the real eggs are relocated and artificially incubated at our incubation facility on Catalina Island. Chicks that hatch from these removed eggs, or those produced by captive adults at the ACC or by wild birds, are then fostered back into the nests. Since 1989, 38 chicks have been successfully fostered into nests on Catalina Island and two healthy eggs placed in nests have hatched and the chicks successfully reared.

The researchers that climb into the nests there wear hard hats, but I have read that the adults do not attack them - they fly around and scream but keep a certain distance.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: NancyM on February 28, 2014, 09:10:25 PM
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but then Coop asked if there were an ABANDONDED nest, no chance of any eagle using it, no eggs, no lets,....  would it still be illegal to go up into it to take a look around (since we know it is big enough)??
I would say climbing into an abandoned nest might be one of those gray areas we seem to run into, but ... since there is a US law (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act) that says we cannot possess any parts of any wild birds or their nests (except pigeons, house sparrows, and starlings).  I would guess that disturbing any abandoned eagle nest by climbing into it would come under the heading of illegal.

In addition to laws that protect the eagles, the US has "Best Management Practices" guidelines in place that people are supposed to follow.  Some of the guidelines say that if a nest blows out of a tree, you have to still protect the tree for 3-5 (I forget which) years to see if the eagles will rebuild there.

The Federal ones for the US  are here:  http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/currentbirdissues/management/baldeagle/nationalbaldeaglemanagementguidelines.pdf. (http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/currentbirdissues/management/baldeagle/nationalbaldeaglemanagementguidelines.pdf.)

There may also be different guidelines for different states.  In the federal document that I linked to, there are FWS contact numbers for all of the states.  Maybe you should invite a state FWS rep to talk to your class- they would surely keep her on her toes!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on March 19, 2014, 11:57:49 AM


Today as we watched Decorah, the kids did some journal writing of their observations. It was the first time we have witnessed road kill dinner.   I thought Chris' words sounded like a poem.  (kind of a gross poem, but nonetheless..... ) 


Today Dad is eating a furry animal.
Standing on it.
Ripping it up
       with its beak.

~~~ Chris F.
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 19, 2014, 07:31:56 PM
Chris did a good job with his poem.  He saw something and described it well in poem form.  Keep writing, Chris!   :eclove
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on March 20, 2014, 07:45:23 AM

Today, we watched Hornby......  WK got to hear Mom's morning call, which made her day!  :-)
While we watched and wrote our observations, we tried to use some of the figurative language we've been learning in class....

" Today we saw a parade of birds on the water."   ~Macey
"There were a lot of birds...It looked like a Justin Bieber concert."  ~Kira
"The birds were on the water like ants.  They looked like a marching band."  ~Carter
"It looked like a war of fish. ~Kendell
"The ducks looked like ants covering the ocean."  ~Brynne

:-)   Wildkitten

 :duck :duck :duck :duck   goose







Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Cawatcher on March 20, 2014, 08:14:50 AM
 :thumbup: Very good observations!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 23, 2014, 10:44:41 PM
 :thumbup:  Very nice observations, Macey, Kira, Carter, Kendell and Brynne!  I can picture what you wrote about when I read your descriptions.    :thumbup:







Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: boodle317 on March 24, 2014, 06:35:57 AM
Great Obs kids!
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Rajame on March 24, 2014, 04:38:35 PM
Wonderful observations from your students Wildkitten! They rock my world!!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on April 09, 2014, 04:18:07 PM
   Oh Boy!  We have been watching two nests (here and Decorah) and reading about penguin chicks at school.  The students have some questions, and I thought this might be just the place to pose them...     :biggergrin2

We've been watching the full pantry at Decorah (today there was fish, rabbit, and squirrel on the menu) and Cooper asked, "What do eagles drink?"

Chanel wants to know if an eagle will steal food from or take over a nest if no one is in it.

She also wants to know when the eagles get their brood patch.  (We found out that emperor penguins have brood patches too - on their feet where they carry the egg.) :reading

We've been listening to Mom and Dad Hornby call to each other, and wondered how loud is their call?  We know that microphone makes things loud sometimes, because we can hear "Rufus" the dog on the ground barking like he is right in the classroom with us.

During some of the fly-ins, Macey asked, "How big are Mom and Dad's wings?"

It takes 21 days for chickens, and 2 months for penguins, so...how long does it take eagles' eggs to hatch?

That's all for today.....Thank you all for reading our posts.  We look forward to checking for responses, and we all want to say how happy we are that Mom seems to be feeling better.  We are "cautiously anticipating"  hatchdate so we can celebrate more bobbleheads!

~~~ Wildkitten and class :heart
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on April 23, 2014, 04:24:07 PM
Hello Little Scientists!

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Cooper asked, "What do eagles drink?"
Cooper, eagles drink fresh water when they can find it.  They bathe in and drink from lakes and streams, rivers, creeks and ponds.  However, most of the water they acquire comes from their food, which is very juicy! 

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Chanel wants to know if an eagle will steal food from or take over a nest if no one is in it.
Chanel, we have seen eagles (especially young ones) steal food from nests.  Some are chased off by the parents, but now and then someone manages to raid the larder.   
In answer to the second part of your question, eagles will indeed take over an unused or abandoned nest, and some will even take up residence in nests built by other birds, like hawks and herons! 

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She also wants to know when the eagles get their brood patch. 

Eagles' brood patches (aka incubation patches) begin to develop before egg laying. 


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We've been listening to Mom and Dad Hornby call to each other, and wondered how loud is their call? 

This depends upon what they're communicating and  how loudly they have to call to be heard over background noises like wind, waves, other birds and human sounds. Their calls can as soft as a robin's song, as loud as a dog's barks, and even louder when the birds are screeching.

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During some of the fly-ins, Macey asked, "How big are Mom and Dad's wings?"
Wingspan (distance from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other wing) ranges from 5 1/2 feet to eight feet. The lower end of the range would include smaller southern males and the higher end would include the largest northern females.

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It takes 21 days for chickens, and 2 months for penguins, so...how long does it take eagles' eggs to hatch?

Usually it is around 35 to 39 days from laying to hatch.  Each egghabitant is on his or her own schedule.   :eclol
How many weeks is that, Little Scientists?  :investigate2

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We look forward to checking for responses, and we all want to say how happy we are that Mom seems to be feeling better.  We are "cautiously anticipating"  hatchdate so we can celebrate more bobbleheads!

We're glad that Mom feels well too! 

Little Scientists, on which date do YOU think the first egg might hatch?   :duck

AJL  :heart
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Stokes on May 02, 2014, 11:20:08 PM
 Just love reading these posts, I just read all of them
and feel amazed at the variety of questions, the journal
entries, artwork and poems. 2nd Graders are so smart!
And so is their teacher :)

I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future
and the educational responses from the crew here.

Keep up the good work!!

Floodwater
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 03, 2014, 07:22:40 AM


Thank you, AJL for all of your responses!  :-)  We have a large eagle wall outside our classroom with a big calendar posted.  We have recorded laying dates  for Hornby and Decorah, pip and hatch date estimates for both nests, and the dates of the 'real thing' in Dec's case.  We can't see a pip at Hornby, but from our counting, we think we should look for behavior changes in Mom and Dad Hornby on Monday.    From observing the eaglets at Decorah, we know we should look for food to come flying in, for parents to stand and rip up food, and for them to appear to feed.  We know we won't be able to see into the nest, so we will look for 'clues'.  (The teacher is looking forward to this new dialog, especially! lol)

We thought you would like to know that we now have the 'butterfly rehab' area at school.  The science teacher and I ordered some larvae.  Some of the butterflies fell down in the chrysalis stage of development and came out "wrinkled".  We figure, from the books we have, that their wings could not properly expand during their 'hatch' and it had an effect on the blood flow, and therefore, we have some handicapped butterflies that can't stretch out.  Somehow, they all are making their way to room 401!  Since they cannot be released into the wild.....  ambassador butterflies.  They will let us examine them close up, so that is very interesting, indeed.  Tiny little legs that tickle, and furry little bodies...  we are so excited about all of this!  They have a varied fruit diet, and flowers and leaves to crawl on.  Of course, in true Hornby style, we have named them ...  Wrinkled, Shiver, Almost, and Flutter.   So for as long as they need to, they have a loving home.  The healthy butterflies will be released into the garden on Monday so they can do their butterfly things....    :heart and thank you from Wildkitten and the Kids... 
 
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 03, 2014, 01:56:05 PM
  question:  our dictionary says raptor are "birds that hunt and kill other animals"  ....Does this make a penguin a raptor? 
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: AJL on May 03, 2014, 02:56:48 PM
Dear Wild Kitten and Little Scientists,
I think it is wonderful that you will be releasing your butterflies on Monday!  We hope you will tell us how the release goes and what you thought and felt when you watched them flying free in their big, wild world.   

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question:  our dictionary says raptor are "birds that hunt and kill other animals"  ....Does this make a penguin a raptor?

No, it makes the dictionary wrong.   :mhihi 
Many types of birds eat meat, fish and other aquatic creatures (example mussels, oysters, crayfish etc.), insects, frogs, snakes and just about anything you could name.  Some birds eat only "meat", and others eat it as part of their diets. 

The body of the raptor, or 'bird of prey', is adapted to hunting, capturing and eating prey in special ways, and the raptor is characterized by:
- a strong, curved beak with which the bird can tear meat (the penguin has a bill, with which it catches fish). 
- strong talons and legs, so that it can capture and carry prey. 
- keen vision, so that it can spot prey. 
- flight that is adapted to the type of prey the bird catches.

This website has a raptors video, an activity sheet and games!  It will help you explore the things that make a raptor -- a raptor. 

http://idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/season5/boprey/raptors.cfm (http://idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/season5/boprey/raptors.cfm)
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 03, 2014, 05:45:12 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing your stories, poems and drawings about the release of the butterflies on Monday!  I wish we could be there with you.   :nod2
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: wildkitten on May 16, 2014, 07:37:04 AM
   May 7, 2014

Today we freed the butterflies that we had for like 3 weeks.  I was sad that we had to let them free but they have to get pollen from our flowers and other people's flowers and they have to be in the wild.  I love butterflies too! 

~Ella
Title: Re: Macclenny Elementary School, Florida - 2nd grade
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 17, 2014, 03:29:40 AM
Thank you for giving us an update about your class butterflies, Wildkitten.  Some times we have to let go of things that are important to us, so they can continue their natural life cycle.   :nod2     :eclove